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Old 07-26-2014, 01:19 PM   #586
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Absolutely brilliant:


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Old 07-26-2014, 01:25 PM   #587
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Ha, that was great. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:33 PM   #588
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I meant to post that in the "Funny" thread.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:23 PM   #589
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Just finished "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion.

A very intense study of life after her husband's sudden death. The writing was beautiful.
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For the Lovecraft fans, LeMac posted this on Facebook a few days back, it's fantastic.

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Old 08-12-2014, 08:07 PM   #592
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THE CLICK!




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Old 08-13-2014, 02:47 PM   #593
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Laz, you'll be pleased to know that I finally for real for real finished Cloud Atlas. Adam's story was never my favorite, but it did book end everything quite nicely and that last line really rang out beautifully, not just for his story, but the book as a whole.

Am now reading Carrion Comfort.
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I'll combine these two authors by mentioning that I'm currently reading David Mitchell's second novel, number9dream, which is so much in the style of Murakami that I keep forgetting it's not one of the Japanese master's works.
It's an uncanny impression.

More importantly, Mitchell has a new book coming out in the fall that seems to share some similarities with Cloud Atlas but with a different twist.

I may be more excited about this novel's release than any music or movie due before the end of the year:

David Mitchell: a storyteller of infinite richness | Observer profile | From the Observer | The Observer
Also, I missed this post before, but that is very exciting news.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:58 PM   #595
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Laz, you'll be pleased to know that I finally for real for real finished Cloud Atlas. Adam's story was never my favorite, but it did book end everything quite nicely and that last line really rang out beautifully, not just for his story, but the book as a whole.

Care to rank/comment on the other plot lines?

In the book, my favorites were Sloosha's Crossin' and Sonmi-451, but in the film I think the Frobisher scenes were the most powerful.
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Care to rank/comment on the other plot lines?

In the book, my favorites were Sloosha's Crossin' and Sonmi-451, but in the film I think the Frobisher scenes were the most powerful.
I think Frobisher's story is my favorite, on a cerebral level, while I enjoy the experience of reading Cavendish and Rey's stories the most.

I think the movie really colored my enjoyment of Sloosha's Crossin', but as I recall, I enjoyed reading it. Sonmi's story is right there in the middle for me, and still good. In fact, I don't dislike any of the stories, I'd just say that Ewing's was my "least" favorite.
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Sonmi-Sloosha's Crossin'-Luisa Rey-Cavendish-Frobisher-Adam Ewing for me.
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I've been picking up Ernest Hemingway short stories over the past couple of days and really enjoying them. I feel like his prose is best suited to such a concise medium. The ending of Up in Michigan is terribly disturbing.
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I've finished V., featuring Benny Profane and the Whole Sick Crew.

Pynchon certainly has a way with endings, in the sense that one can't seem to stop thinking about the book after it's finished. Thematically, the novel has some similarities with Gravity's Rainbow (process of dehumanization in a increasingly violent world that the individual is having less and less control of), but the characters are more reliable and relatable, even if certain scenes from GR are more memorable and it feels more cohesive as a whole. Although I prefer GR, I thought the humour in V. was executed more successfully, though still inconsistent. In any case, a great book and it would serve as a logical introductory point to Pynchon.
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I'm giving James Joyce another chance. Dubliners is way, way more enjoyable than Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
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